Frequently Asked Questions


The definition of first aid is providing emergency  treatment and support for people who are ill or injured before summoning professional medical help.  The first aider is the individual giving assistance to an individual in need of first aid.
There has been no precedent set in the United Kingdom where a casualty has successfully sued an individual for his/her treatment in an emergency situation.
It is important to ask the casualty for consent prior to giving any first aid treatment. However if the casualty has stopped breathing they will be unconscious and therefore unable to give consent.  If the rescuer had not performed CPR, the casualty would have died without the intervention.  If you would like to read further on this subject, we can recommend the UK Resuscitation guidelines click on the link

The good Samaritan Act has been proposed in Summer 2014 and should come into legal effect in 2015.  The Good Samaritan Act is hoped will alleviate the fear of being sued whilst carrying first aid. The first aid assistance should be reasonable and within the first aiders  skill set of the first aid course they attended or according to their professional competency.
Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) 6 hours  Level 2 1 Day
EFAW Requalification Course 6 hours  Level 2 1 Day
First Aid at Work (FAAW) 18 hours  Level 3 3 Days
FAAW Requalification Course  12 hours  Level 3 2 Days
Paediatric First Aid (PFA) 12 hours  Level 3 2 Days
PFA Requalification Course 12 hours  Level 3 2 Days
It is a legal requirement to have the correct first aid provision in your workplace and it is important for the safety of you and anyone else you are responsible for.

It can be difficult deciding which first aid course to choose. Simply click on the first aid calculator below and it will assist you to make the right decision.

Rist Aid Requirements Calculator

The Calculator is designed to be quick and easy to use, this online assessment tool uses updated Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations to accurately to calculate the cover you need in your workplace.

It will ask some basic questions on how many staff you have, what type of industry and it will take you through step by step and recommend which first aid course to choose based on your response to the questions. It gives you the option to print out the first aid needs assessment report. This is ideal to comply with current legislation.

Rist Aid Requirements CalculatorThe HSE stipulates it is the employers responsibility to carry out a risk assessment for their first aid requirements.  We recommend you use our first aid calculator below.
A certified Qualsafe course is valid for three years. At the end of the three years the student will need to attend a requalification course, or complete a new course.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends an annual refresher training course this is to prevent skill phase and give the first aider an opportunity to practice the drills and in order to act safely, promptly  and effectively in an emergency.
EFAW is a six hour one day course.

FAAW is an eighteen hour three day course.  FAAW covers additional topics not included on a EFAW, treating serious injuries on the second day and managing incidents and injuries.  Current regulation and environmental hazards on the third day.

Yes once you have attended and passed an EFAW, you can attend the additional 12 hours and complete the training within ten days if you wish to upgrade  to a FAAW.
If you wish to complete a First Aid at Work (FAAW) you need to complete 12 hours it can be done in modules as long as the hours are completed within reasonable time scale.  This can be ideal for small companies that can not afford to let staff out of the office for three days in a row, and prefer to let them attend one day a week.
Yes Qualsafe accredited First Aid courses are nationally recognised.
Ofqual is the office that oversees qualifications and regulations in exams and assessments in vocation and formal qualifications.
If the child is post puberty, Ofsted recommends an adult first aid at work course.

Child carers who care for a wide range of children may need to have both adult and paediatric first aid training.

Once a certificate has expired the individual is no longer a recognised first aider.  The first aider or the organisation is strongly recommended to renew the certificate prior to it expiring.

We always recommend you follow the rules and regulation of your governing body.  If you work with infants who have not reached puberty, you are recommended the Paediatric First Aid Course. We would also suggest the one day Emergency First Aid at Work Course, to cover adult workers and visitors to the nursery.  We believe this would offer schools and nurseries the best option for their staff and children.

Prices vary depending upon whether the client provides the training venue or if we have to source a training venue.  Please phone to discuss your training needs.
We can come to your place of work or arrange a suitable training venue.
We teach CPR according to the UK Resuscitation Council and Skills for Health Guidelines.

We use a variety of training mannequins, to give you the confidence to use the technique if you ever need to use it in an emergency.

We use different  mannequins depending on the course or the clients requirements from Paediatric to  Bariatric mannequins.

Baby (light & dark)


Bariatric mannequins



CPR Prompts


Resusci Anne


Yes we do have bariatric mannequins, these are great to give students the confidence to carry out Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)  if they work with the bariatric care setting.
CPR Prompts are great for children and young adults to get accustomed to practising Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.
No you should not get real or fake blood on your clothes training, we use simulated latex wounds, (let us know if you have a latex allergy) in various role plays relevant to your work or leisure environment.
Rist Aid Requirements CalculatorWhat you will learn on the course depends on which first aid course you choose, click on our course calculator to help you choose which course.  Go to our course tab for a break down of the different first aid courses.

Students can practice their first aid skills in the safety of the classroom, they can leave the course feeling confident of their first aid skills and their ability to manage most first aid scenarios.   They will also understand when to call the emergency services or recommend to seek further medical advice.

Yes our first aid instructors are fully trained first aiders and fully qualified instructors, using the most up to date techniques to teach you the best first aid skills.
A medical condition can be a disease, illness or injury both psychological and physical.
The maximum number of the students in a class is twelve this gives the students more opportunity to practice their first aid techniques.
Yes every student will be issued with a course book on a Qualsafe approved first aid course. We advise students if they wish to take notes they should bring along a notebook and pen.
This depends on the type of the first aid course, for  example: Emergency first aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work courses. All students will be continuously assessed and take a multiple choice test. This is in accordance with Qualsafe’s terms and conditions. Students need to reach the required standards to pass the course.
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